14 years ago today, the football world mourned the passing of legend Ferenc Puskas. Today, rather than mourn, we celebrate his life and all the memories he gave not only Real Madrid, but also the world.
Here is an excerpt from Kiyan Sobhani’s article back in 2016, when he wrote a tribute to the Hungarian on the 10-year mark of his passing:
And to think, he joined Real Madrid at the age of 31. He was not young then, and he wouldn’t be considered young now. 31 is when players start their decline in modern football. For Puskas, it was just the beginning.
What an age to be signed by Real Madrid. What an age to go on to win three European Cups, five La Liga titles, and one Spanish Cup. What an age to go on to score 240 goals in 260 matches - including seven hat-tricks. By the time it was done, Puskas scored two hat-tricks against Barcelona - one at the Bernabeu and the other at Camp Nou - and won four Pichichi titles. He was a cold-blooded assassin - a poacher who could do more than just poach. He often drifted into deeper pockets of space and was comfortable playing anywhere in attack.
You are missed dearly, Ferenc.